Great news for medical aesthetics practitioners and people seeking effective skin rejuvenation treatments. Health Canada’s reported halt on Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments does not include PRP procedures done as medical directives.
We can confidently advise medical aesthetics practitioners in Ontario that they can resume PRP treatments in their medical clinics because these procedures are within the Scope of Practice for nurses and physicians. Individual practitioners are solely responsible for whatever decision they make.
It is important to state that a PRP procedure is a Controlled Act, and therefore requires patient consultation from a Medical Director (nurse practitioner or physician) prior to the treatment.
Effective immediately, THMA Consulting will resume offering PRP Treatments as a supplementary training course. PRP is again listed as a skincare treatment at our TH Medical Aesthetics clinic in Thornhill.
Read more about the evidence-based effectiveness of PRP and how satisfaction is driving patient demand.
Confusion reigned over our industry when The Globe and Mail published a story on July 7, reporting that Health Canada was ordering a halt to all PRP treatments pending a scientific review. Professional practitioners and industry insiders were adamant that the report erroneously included PRP treatments used in skincare rejuvenation. It was pointed out repeatedly that the equipment used in PRP and Micro-needling procedures have been approved by Health Canada.
However, we felt it was prudent to temporarily suspend treatments until the issue was resolved.
Health Canada did just that on July 18 with a report on CTV News in which PRP skin rejuvenation procedures were separated from stem cell therapies that have “not been proven to be safe or effective” in treating conditions like autism, multiple sclerosis and ALS.
In a written statement to CTV, Health Canada “indicated the crackdown did not involve PRP treatments.”
“The administration of PRP may be considered to be an established medical practice by provincial health care professional colleges in instances where autologous PRP is obtained by the centrifugation of whole blood which is then injected immediately into patients by licenced healthcare practitioners operating under their scope of practice. In these instances, the provincial colleges could provide oversight of this practice.”
We can confirm that PRP is within the Scope of Practice as a medical directive for nurses in Ontario. Healthcare professionals elsewhere in Canada should check with their provincial colleges for clarification.
Practitioners should not refer to PRP treatments as stem cell therapies on their websites and in social media.